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C Alex Avila still waiting for Tigers to pick up 2015 option
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Tigers have declined to pick up their option on catcher Alex Avila, though they have until Nov. 20 to do so, per MLive.com.

Avila has lost points on his batting average in each of the last three seasons, falling to .218 this year. But he did remain relatively productive in 2014, hitting 11 home runs and driving in 47 while scoring 44 runs in 390 at-bats.

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RHP Felipe Paulino a free agent after White Sox pass
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The White Sox have officially passed on their $4 million option for 2015 on right-hander Felipe Paulino. They paid him the buyout of $250,000, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Paulino lost most of the year to shoulder issues after compiling an 0-2 record and 11.29 ERA in four starts.

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RHP Patrick McCoy signed by Orioles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have signed southpaw reliever Patrick McCoy off waivers from Detroit.

McCoy, who was promoted for his major league debut in July by the Tigers, yielded 21 hits and 13 walks in 14 innings pitched, yet left plenty of baserunners stranded in compiling a 3.86 ERA.

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Options on RHP Scherzer, DH Martinez among Tigers moves
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Tigers have announced, as expected, that they have made $15.3 million qualifying offers to right-hander Max Scherzer and 2014 MVP candidate Victor Martinez. They will become free agents if the offers are rejected.

Those were among a slew of moves made by the Tigers. Utility man Don Kelly and right-hander Evan Reed have been outrighted off their 40-man roster while they have promoted outfield Wynton Bernard .

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OF Andy Dirks lands with Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Outfielder Andy Dirks has been picked up by the Blue Jays. He was claimed off waivers from Detroit.

Dirks missed the 2014 season with back and hamstring injuries.

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Tigers bring back righty reliever Joakim Soria
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was expected is now reality - the Tigers have picked up their option on right-handed reliever Joakim Soria. The team is starved for bullpen help.

Soria could not wrest the closer job away from struggling Joe Nathan, but he did walk just six in 44 1/3 innings in splitting time between Texas and Detroit. His ERA rose from 2.70 to 3.25 after the trade, however, and he gave up five earned runs in just one inning pitched during the playoff sweep defeat to Baltimore.

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Athletics pick up OF Andrew Brown off waivers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Athletics have signed outfielder Andrew Brown off waivers from the Mets.

Brown played briefly for New York early in the season, compiling just eight hits in 44 at-bats and a stat line of .182/.245/.341.

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Red Sox decline option on RHP Craig Breslow
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was expected has become reality - the Red Sox have declined their option on left-handed reliever Craig Breslow. He had a $100,000 buyout.

Breslow followed up a brilliant 2013 with a terrible year. He allowed 91 baserunners in 54 1/3 innings and compiled a 5.96 ERA out of the bullpen.

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Report: Josh Johnson to test free agent market
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Injury-plagued right-hander Josh Johnson will test out free agency rather than attempt to secure a contract with the Padres, according to MLBDailyDish.com.

The two sides, however, do have a mutual interest in bringing him back.

Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery in April and has not pitched a full season since 2012.

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Indians exercise option on INF/OF Mike Aviles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was anticipated has become official - the Indians have picked up their $3.5 million option on utility man Mike Aviles for 2015.

Aviles played both outfield and infield while compiling a stat line of .247/.273/.343 this season. He also tied a career-high with 14 stolen bases.

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